Right-to-Die Bill Passed by State Senate, Moves to Gov. Brown

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Supporters sign an oversized petition in favor of death with dignity laws in California at a rally in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The state Senate on Friday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to Californians diagnosed as having less than six months to live.

A day after the bill cleared the Assembly, the Senate approved the measure, sending it to the governor’s desk.

Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis), a coauthor of the measure, said the bill gives the terminally ill a chance for a peaceful and painless death.

“We all hope for a comfortable death, to die painlessly surrounded by family and friends,” she said. “But that’s not always the reality. There are terminally ill Californians who at this moment are suffering as they battle the final stages of their disease.”

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